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A new study of 71,000-year-old stone tools from two South African rock shelters some 600 miles apart shows they were made by two distinct cultural traditions.

from the Guardian

Scientist who found new human species accused of playing fast and loose with the truth

A cast of the skull of Homo naledi, in the vault of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Ilustração do livro "Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas", de Machado de Assis, 2012. O artista utilizou técnicas como carvão, grafite e lápis de cor ou guache. O trabalho é interessante pois, em várias páginas, o artista faz um desenho contínuo, como se a figura representada estivesse mesmo no livro.


New Species Of Human Discovered In South Africa | IFLScience Homo naledi foot and partially reconstructed skull. Taken at the University of Witwatersrand. Credit: Justine Alford


Dennis Brutus (November 28, 1924 – December 26, 2009) was a South African activist, educator, journalist and poet best known for his campaign to have apartheid South Africa banned from the Olympic Games. Brutus was a graduate of the University of Fort Hare (BA, 1946) and of the University of the Witwatersrand, where he studied law. He taught English and Afrikaans at several high schools in South Africa. (Wikipedia)

A CT scan performed on a lump of rock at the University of Witwatersrand has revealed that it contains parts of an early hominid. Last month a prehistoric tooth protruding from a boulder tipped off researchers to hidden evolutionary treasure: remarkably complete human-ancestor fossils trapped in a rock that had been sitting in their lab for years. Scans later showed that the rock contains two-million-year-old fossils that will "almost certainly” make one Australopithecus sediba specimen.

from National Geographic News

Seven Major Archaeological Discoveries of 2015

HOMO NALEDI: A "BAFFLING NEW BRANCH TO THE FAMILY TREE" Paleoanthropologists, who work millions of years back to the horizons of human evolution, love nothing more than a good argument, and 2015 gave them the gift of Homo naledi. The remains of more than 15 individuals in South Africa were found in 2013, but it wasn’t until just a few months ago that Lee Berger, a paleoanthropologist at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, made it a new Homo species.

Photo: Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand.

from Smithsonian

Top 10 Hominid Discoveries of 2011

Top 10 Hominid Discoveries of 2011: Hominid Hunting Blog - (Picture: Brett Eloff, courtesy of Lee Berger and the University of the Witwatersrand)